Friday, January 4, 2013

Tea Time


January heralds the dawn of new possibilities.  New years resolutions, word of the year, fresh starts, I love it.  Every 365 days we get a new canvas on which to paint the next chapter of our lives.


January is also a time of reflection and calm. The children are back at school, the Christmas tree is packed away, and we have a bag full of wonderful memories from time spent with friends and family.


My house is calm again, and at this time of year I love to sip tea and watch the sleepy winter sun bounce off the snow covered ground outside my back window. I revel in the quiet of this time of year, although not my favorite, winter is a prelude to the coming spring. 



Every January, I find myself reflecting on the challenges I have endured over the past year.  It was Christmas eve three years ago that we bought my micro-preemie home from the NICU after 5 long months in the hospital. Now he is a vivacious, cheeky, 3 year old with a future.


Last year was a better year for me than the one before, and this year is going to be even better again.  As each year passes, despite more gray hair and wrinkles, I find myself more energized, more ready to take on new projects.  I put it down to art, you see art is not a hobby, it is a way of life for me.  Art saved me!


Art and tea!  You see, I don't glorify excess in any way, including work, actually especially work.  I believe the concept of "work" is killing us as individuals, tearing apart families, and proliferating the myth of what achievement and success mean in this society.


I believe success is balance and harmony, mental health, and gratitude.  My way of achieving that is to take time out.  Time out for tea, reflection, meditation, creativity, and self-nurturing activities.


I encourage you to take more tea breaks this coming year. Put your life in balance, and as you reflect on 2012 and look toward 2013, pour your self a cuppa, be grateful for the little things, and make art!


Thanks for checking in. xx

16 comments:

  1. Perfect words, artwork, content and sentiment....I couldn't agree more :-)
    I'm taking your words literally as I make yet another cuppa...I just need to step up on the art side of things now.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    I hope your New Year started well and will continue to get better with each day, packed with creativity ♡

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  2. Lovely tea time reflections. Happy New Year. May this year be one filled with wonder and delights for you.

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  3. VERY wise advice....you are right on! I just finished your Wisdom Circles class and it was awesome! It resonates with the advice in your blog above to make time for "reflection, meditation, creativity, and self-nurturing activities".

    LOVE your art.....and LOVE your philosophy on life!!!!

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  4. last year I decided I needed more time for me. Every three months or so I make plans to get away without my kids. My mom doesn't understand
    The last trip I took she said...we never left you kids anywhere. I can't worry about what she thinks anymore. My wellbeing is more important. I think after 15 years of living only for my kids, I am ready for me time.

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  5. last year I decided I needed more time for me. Every three months or so I make plans to get away without my kids. My mom doesn't understand
    The last trip I took she said...we never left you kids anywhere. I can't worry about what she thinks anymore. My wellbeing is more important. I think after 15 years of living only for my kids, I am ready for me time.

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  6. tea and a moment to stop and enjoy it are the solutions to most problems... great post and love the illustrations...xx

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  7. I so agree with you! I love my quiet times, some of them are outside on the trails.
    That piece of cake looks delicious !

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  8. Wonderful post and sketches Dion. I am in process regarding reorganizing and reprioritizing my art life. This post definitely hit home for me, thank you so much for sharing!
    xo
    Gaye

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  9. Wonderful reflections - and so needed in our "driven" society. We seem to have discarded the wisdom of a balanced life, and our families, our mental health and our physical well-being are being sacrificed.

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  10. Well said! We are better for our families when we are at peace with ourselves. Whether it is art, music, yoga, jogging, etc. "me time" makes us better at whatever we do. Constant Comment has been constant companion for probably 30 or 40 years. Nothing beats a cuppa hot tea, even on a hot day!

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  11. I love your blog today ! Thanks for reminding about nurturing self and creating balance. Thank you too for your inspiration.

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  12. Le tue pagine sono uno spettacolare equilibrio di colori... meravigliose!
    Bellalullo

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  13. Lovely words and a lovely journal page. thanks so much Dion.

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  14. Dion, this looks so inviting. I am not a tea drinker but this looks too good to pass ;-)

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